Your good health is literally in your hands. We outline the correct handwashing steps to keep most illnesses away.
Do you or a family member get viral fever or cough/cold often? The problem could lie in your hands.
The germs that cause viral fever and cold are most often transferred to your body via your hands. Your hands might inadvertently touch somebody else’s used tissues, or surfaces where an infected person has coughed or sneezed. The droplets of spit or mucus are transferred to your hands – if you touch your face with unclean hands, the germs can enter your body via your eyes, nose or mouth.
It naturally follows that keeping your hands clean will stave off infectious germs. But here’s where you could be doing things wrong: merely rinsing them with water is not enough. The germs must be killed with antibacterial soap that kills 99.9% germs on the skin. When the germs are killed, the cycle of germ transmission via the hands is automatically broken. As a result, you have a lesser chance of getting viral fever, flu or cold.
How to wash your hands the right way?
Are you certain that you are washing your hands the right way? As difficult as it may be to believe, there are certain handwashing steps you need to follow in order to get germ-free hands.
These are the hand washing steps to adopt in daily life:
- Wet your hands under running cold water.
- Take a dollop of antibacterial liquid soap on the palm of your hand.
- Work the soap into your hands by rubbing both hands together to create a lather.
- Run the soap lather in the webbing of skin between your fingers, and also inside the fingernails.
- Continue rubbing your hands together for one whole minute. This gives the soap time to work on the germs thriving on the skin and kill them entirely.
- Rinse off the soap lather under cold running water.
- Dry your hands thoroughly on paper towels and dispose of the towels in the trash.
- Repeat this regimen of hand washing stepsevery time you wash your hands.
It is recommended that you wash your hands at least once every two hours with a good antibacterial soap. This helps keep away infectious germs that can get into your food, or linger on your skin, or even be transferred to surfaces.
When should you wash your hands?
- After using the washroom
- After inadvertently touching somebody’s used tissues
- After touching surfaces of common use, from elevator buttons to door knobs
- Before cooking
- After handling a baby’s diapers or touching your pet
- While caring for a sick person
- Before eating with your hands
- After returning home from the outdoors
- After being exposed to grime in public transport, or during the monsoon season, or coming in contact with stagnant and dirty water
Apart from using antibacterial handwashing soap and following the right handwashing steps, also use antibacterial kitchen gel to clean your utensils, and antiseptic liquid to clean your floors and cooking counters to break the cycle of infection and illness.